The Lord Who sends thee hence will be thine aid!
In vain at thee the Lion, Danger, roars;
His arm and love shall keep thee undismayed
On tempest toss'd seas and all strange shores.
Go bear the Saviour's name to lands unknown,
Tell to the southern world His wondrous grace:
An energy divine thy words shall own,
And draw their untaught hearts to seek His face.
Many in quest of gold, or empty fame,
Would compass earth, or venture near the poles;
But how much nobler thy reward and aim,
To spread His grace, and win immortal souls.-(Hymn by John Newton
dedicated to Rev. Richard Johnson before First Fleet departure-Australian Library 1978)
Dear Beloved Friends and Family,
Greetings from Redding, CA! Some of you may already know that I was accepted to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, so this is an update with more exciting news! I am writing you to share some specific new but also wanted to share my thanks and gratitude for all of your being there for me and believing in me and my God-given dreams along the way! Each and every one of you have played such a pivotal role in spurring me on toward this and I thank you for all the little and big ways you have loved me well over the years, because they are all big in my book and in God's. I must share that choosing to attend this school has hands down been one of the best decisions, and journeys I have ever embarked on. It's been a long time coming to get me here but God's timing is truly perfect! The class I am running with could not be more wonderful. How special it is that this school year marks the 20th anniversary of BSSM, and also the 500th year anniversary of The Reformation. God has confirmed as to why I am here in so many ways, including through His word. He has repeatedly shown me that I am specifically here, "For such a time as this"-Esther 4:14. He has also been highlighting to me the verses to Peter when Jesus asks him three times in a row, "Do you love me more than these, Peter?" Each time Peter answers "Yes," wondering why His Lord and friend needs to ask again of his love for Him. Lastly Peter says,"You know I love you," and Jesus responds, "Then feed my lambs."-John 21:15. You see faith without deeds is dead. I have been experiencing God's supernatural love with such depth that my faith is increasing as my revelation of love increases. It only makes sense to go and take the love He is freely pouring out to me, and love his "lambs," his children, this world, and those who have yet to know His abounding love for them. I will come back to that in more detail below.
So as far as school goes, I never imagined I would already be living, leading alongside, and learning from some of the most amazing, world-renowned leaders in only three months time here. There has been such a quickening and rapid growth in my spirit unlike I’ve ever experienced before. School and all that it entails has been such a catalyst pushing me into a greater capacity than I even knew I had within myself. I am growing in my ability and awareness of how to rely on my relationship with God as my Father and His supernatural strength in me. I just know the things He has called me to, I cannot do without Him, nor would I ever want to. I feel so blessed for the chance to be learning from such powerful, humble leaders, pastors and teachers who are investing in my God-given destiny, and calling me higher. They continually call out my potential in leadership and servanthood. WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US
I was recently accepted to go with the Bethel Missions team to AUSTRALIA! This was my first choice in applications, so I am thrilled and so excited for this opportunity! I am so blessed to get the chance to serve Australia with my pastor, Ben Wilson, some of my revival group family & interns, as well as a handful of selected students being sent with the AustraliaN Missions team. Not only do we get the joy of loving and serving this beautiful country, but also a chance to activate and apply everything we are learning here at school and grow beyond our leadership capacities and former comfort zones. Here is my chance to FEED HIS LAMBS in the land down under. He says in John 17:10 "All I have is yours and all you have is mine." All believers in Jesus we have full access to everything the Father has through Jesus, and now I get to go give everything He has given me to those in need. I would so covet and appreciate your prayers for this trip, as this is my very first international Missions Trip, and especially with
leaders of this caliber, so it will definitely stretch me in every way. I would love if you would prayerfully consider anyway you feel lead to partner with my team in serving God, in the beautiful country of Australia. We would be so appreciative of support in prayer before and during our travels and service overseas, through your encouragement, and/or financial gifts/love offerings. My remaining goal of $3,250 will allow me to go serve the people of Australia this coming April, 2018. I will be doing some fundraising through music as well, and know and trust in God's provision. I can't wait to share the testimonies with you of His faithfulness, provision and goodness along the way!
Love Always and ever so gratefully, Malorie McKenna
A snapshot of Bethel Church Missions vision
"The heart and passion of the Bethel Mission Trips Department is to see the sons and daughters of God in all the nations awaken to His goodness and love. As children of Heaven, we have access to His Kingdom and demonstrate His love, glory, and power in all aspects of society. Our strategy is to raise up a generation of world changers in their own nations to begin to run with their God-given inheritance to bring heaven to earth and transform their nation. This trip, ultimately reflects the vision of the Bethel Mission Trips Department. We invite you to join Bethel Church as we partner with powerful churches and ministries in Australia. We are believing that the time is now for revival in the beautiful land down under! And that from this event, history will be made, and that nations from around the world will be changed by the lighthouse that will be Australia." *More on the history and God's heart for Australia at the bottom of this post.
Financial gifts may be made online directly to Malorie's Australia East Mission Trip at: https://trips.ibethel.org/transactions/new/24093
This gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a statement at the end of the year for your tax records. If you wish your gift to be anonymous, check the anonymous box. You will receive an end of year statement, without the student seeing your name.
If you would like to make a check donation it can be made payable to: Bethel Church. Mail to: Bethel Mission Trips Department, 20 Lake Blvd., Redding, CA 96003. (Please include a note with which student’s trip you are supporting.)
Australia del Espiritu Santo: Southland of the Holy Spirit
"Before a child is born--in fact, even before the world was made--God designed a special plan for that individual (Ps. 139:14-16; Jer. 1:5; Eph. 1:4-6). Is it also conceivable that God has a plan for a nation? He who created the seven continents and set the borders of the nations (Acts 17:26), must have had a purpose in His mind when He placed Australia in the southern seas close to half the world's population. Just as an architect, in drawing up a blueprint for a house, has a reason for putting the bathroom next to the bedroom, so God in designing His creation, reveals an order and purpose. He made the eye to see, the ear to hear, the mouth to speak (Ps. 115:4-7).
The Scripture makes it abundantly clear that God had a plan for the nation of Israel (Gen. 12:1-4; 22:16-18; Gal. 3:7-9). God chose Abraham to raise up a people who would proclaim God's name among the nations. Israel's geographical location was pivotal in the ancient world, just as Australia's presence in the Pacific is strategic to south-east Asia. But how can the reader know if He has a purpose for Australia? Possibly, there are some clues in Australian history. The first clue is Australia's name. However, the reader may ask, 'What's in a name?' In Bible days, names were very important. A man's name often gave an indication of his character and destiny (Gen. 32:28; Genesis 49; Is. 9:6; Matt. 1:21-23). A place was frequently named according to the significance of the events that took place at that location (Gen. 11:9; 22:14; 28:19).
A destiny for Australia was hinted at as early as 1606 by the devout Roman Catholic Spanish explorer and visionary, Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, who renamed 'Terra Australis' (or 'Southland') 'Australia del Espiritu Santo.' Literally, this means, 'South (land) of the Spirit Holy,' or 'Southland of the Holy Spirit'--'Australia' for short. The author chose 'Southland of the Holy Spirit' for the title of the book because that is Australia's proper name. The title has nothing to do with being a "charismatic" Christian. It has everything to say about Australia's origins and destiny. Therefore, it would be appropriate for all Australian believers to pay more attention to the person of 'the Holy Spirit,' as He is an integral part of Australia's origins and destiny.
Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is God (Gen. 1:2; Matt. 3:16; John 4:24). Before Jesus Christ, God's Son, returned to heaven, He commanded His disciples to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit, 'the promise of the Father' (Acts 1:4-8). On the Day of Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower believers to be His witnesses 'unto the utmost parts of the earth.' Three thousand people gathered from 'every nation under heaven,' and heard Christians speaking 'the wonderful works of God,' each man in his own language (Acts 2:1-11). Is it possible that event has something to do with God's purpose for Australia?" (This excerpt was taken from a website on the historical background of and Christian roots of Australia by author Kotlowski)
PEACE ON EARTH Iraqi Refugee Benefit Concert
hosted by Sean Feucht, Amanda Cook, Steffany Frizzel,
The Torwalts, Brian Johnson and more.
I knew God sending me here would be a wild ride but you can never fully imagine what He has in store, you just trust and know that He is good. Like Abraham, you go before you need to know. That's what pioneering is, that's what faith and trust building is. Is it hard? Absolutely. Is it worth it? One hundred percent. "Where there is great risk / faith there is great reward." My weakness is a magnet to God's power and grace. I love that I get to rest in Him and not strive for His affection because it’s readily available to me. I love that He wants to encounter me as much, and even more than I want to encounter Him. Whenever we truly let Him love us deeply, and encounter His presence, we then get to be that encounter. Not from a place of proving or earning love, but from a place of giving away what's freely being given to us through Jesus and His perfect love. When that is the foundation and platform we live our lives from, His banner of love over us, is the overflow that is a beautiful byproduct and blessing to the world.